she would foresee it there from a variety ofsources

Elinor could not help smiling at this display of indifference towardsthe manners of a person, to whom she had often had difficulty inpersuading Marianne to behave with tolerable politeness; and resolvedwithin herself, that if her sister persisted in going, she would golikewise, as she did not think it proper that Marianne should be leftto the sole guidance of her own judgment, or that Mrs. Jennings shouldbe abandoned to the mercy of Marianne for all the comfort of herdomestic hours. To this determination she was the more easilyreconciled, by recollecting that Edward Ferrars, by Lucy’s account, wasnot to be in town before February; and that their visit, without anyunreasonable abridgement, might be previously finished.

“I will have you BOTH go,” said Mrs. Dashwood; “these objections arenonsensical. You will have much pleasure in being in London, andespecially in being together; and if Elinor would ever condescend toanticipate enjoyment; she would, perhaps, expect some from improving heracquaintance with her sister-in-law’s family.”

Elinor had often wished for an opportunity of attempting to weaken hermother’s dependence on the attachment of Edward and herself, that theshock might be less when the whole truth were revealed, and now on thisattack, though almost hopeless of success, she forced herself to beginher design by saying, as calmly as she could, “I like Edward Ferrarsvery much, and shall always be glad to see him; but as to the rest ofthe family, it is a matter of perfect indifference to me, whether I amever known to them or not.”


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